India breaks defence production records

Briefly: India’s defence industry produced a record $12B in ammunition and weapons during FY2022. That’s a 12% increase from the year prior.

India has been the world’s largest arms importer for over a decade, sourcing nearly half its military gear from Russia. But Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s assertive style have nudged India to become more self-sufficient.

Indian policymakers are achieving that by co-producing foreign weapons at home, as well as encouraging local suppliers. In fact, India has nearly tripled the number of its defence industry permits in recent years.

Intrigue’s take: You could almost replace the words “Indian defence industry” with:

  • 🇺🇸 US chip-making industry
  • 🇳🇬 Nigerian fertiliser industry, or
  • 🇻🇳 Vietnamese computer industry

… and the story would be much the same. The world is getting a little cray-cray, and governments everywhere are battening down the hatches.

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